Updated on 09/25/2014 9:52AM

Injury sends Will Take Charge into retirement

Barbara D. Livingston
Will Take Charge will enter stud in 2015 at Three Chimneys Farm.

Will Take Charge, the 3-year-old champion of 2013, has been retired and will begin stud duty next year at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

An announcement was released to the media Sunday, saying the colt had suffered a mild suspensory strain, forcing him to miss his final two scheduled starts, the Jockey Club Gold Cup next Saturday at Belmont Park and the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who was not on hand Sunday at Churchill Downs because he is sick, according to assistant Bas Nicholl, said in the release that the colt’s retirement “is particularly disappointing as we were primed, as an older horse, to win the Classic this year, which we lost by a whisker last year.”

Owned by retired Arkansas businessman Willis Horton, Will Take Charge, by the late Unbridled’s Song, won 7 of 21 career starts for earnings of $3,924,648. While not a factor in the 2013 Triple Crown series, he suddenly came alive in the second half of the season by winning the Travers and Pennsylvania Derby; being beaten just a nose in the BC Classic; and capping his year by winning the Clark Handicap. As a 4-year-old, he won 1 of 6 starts, with his final start a third-place finish in the Aug. 2 Whitney at Saratoga.

Partial interest in the colt was sold in January to Three Chimneys, owned by Goncalo Torrealbes.

P Cerv More than 1 year ago
Between Lukass Sr. and Lukass Jr. (Todd Pletcher) how many millionaire horses have they sent to the Stallion Stud Farms? Way too many! Peta went after the wrong trainer!
Mike Puder-Ramirez More than 1 year ago
Lay off the booze, PC.
mike More than 1 year ago
You first bro.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Marketing for WTC He took charge of multiple graded stakes,he just missed winning the Breeders Cup Classic by a few inches. Well now with more than a few inches to spare he no doubt Will Take Charge of your mare.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Lukas has one more of everything then anybody in racing and people act like they are the Hall of Fame Trainer. Just kills me, SKG Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
I think of Bobby Knight when I think of Lukas. Does winning every race a million times, or a National championship in basketball worth overrunning your horses, be the cause of dozens of his charges to break down or bolt from exhaustion?, or Choking out a player on your team, or throwing chairs?
mike More than 1 year ago
Lukas is terrible.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Its the D W Lukas theory, if they're sound run 'em like all were plater/claimers !
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
I hate him.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
It seems that the 1:58 Big Cap took something out of Dude, MMM, and WTC. None ever ran another peak race after. Coincidence? I don't know.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Coincidence I think not. 158 is unreal, souped up tracks with grade one horses should get 1:59.50 or 2:00 flat
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
Majestic Harbor hasn't done much since either.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Let's all be thankful Lukas didn't break him earlier. Why the rush to get Unbridled's Song' to the races early at 3?.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
The horse won 4 mil and millions more at stud. I think they got what they want from him.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Proves my point. He did his best running when he filled out more and matured more LATER in the season.
russell More than 1 year ago
WTC has one of the most bizarrre form cycles I've ever seen. He was absolutely awful in the TC races and ran great afterwards.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
I was upset to see Will Take Charge injured. He was a neat horse. He was there for every dance, and even though he threw in some clunkers, when he was on form, he was amazing. I was having a difficult decision between him and Tonalist for the Jockey Club Gold Cup this Saturday. Will Take Charge should make a top stallion--he has the looks, the breeding, and an impressive resume. He was an awesome horse, and I will miss him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What did you think would happen with the type of trainer he had? Didn't think he would last this long with Lukas.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
Good horse...should have done it sooner. It looked to me in last year's BC Classic that both Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge would not come out of that race without some permanent ailment. Both went at it like a couple of wildcats in that stretch and I could tell that Mucho Macho Man used everything God gave him to win that race while Will Take Charge used everything God gave him to try and get past him. One thing that nobody will ever say...is that Will Take Charge was feint of heart. Looking forward to watching your offspring eventually.
Brian More than 1 year ago
No doubt WTC ran his heart out in the Classic. Of course that didn't prevent DWL from running him back in the Clark a few weeks later. Did he win that day? Sure. Was he ever the same? Absolutely not.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
it was remarkable ho long this horse's career lasted. brittle breeding and the trainer does not understnd the bad side effects that lasix brings. huge obstacles to overcome.